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Brig. Gen. Darsie Rogers, deputy commanding general for support, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, promotes Matthew Cavanaugh to specialist during an induction ceremony at the Colorado Springs Crowne Plaza, Colo., Jan. 25, 2013. Cavanaugh is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado, and joined the Army to be a satellite communication systems operator/maintainer. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Thome, 4th Inf. Div. PAO)

FORT CARSON, Colo. – The Colorado Springs Crowne Plaza buzzed with excitement and anticipation as more than 100 future soldiers took the oath of enlistment, Jan. 25, during the Colorado American Legion Mid-Year Convention.

Brig. Gen. Darsie Rogers, deputy commanding general for support, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, administered the oath of enlistment which they recited in front of families, friends, and soldiers, both retired and still serving.

“These soon-to-be soldiers represent the future of our nation, to protect our homeland, and defend our interest around the world,” said Rogers. “You’ve all chosen to continue the legacy of our nation’s sons and daughters. You’ve chosen the road less traveled, and we as a nation owe you a debt of thanks. I look forward to serving with you.”

After the keynote speeches, some new recruits received promotions, and were pinned by Rogers.

“It feels good [to be promoted], it’s one of those things where you don’t expect it, but when it happens you’re like, ‘this is really cool,’” said Quinten Ziegler, who was promoted to private second class. “It’s mostly about accomplishing something, doing something not only for myself, but for the people around me.”

Ziegler said the ceremony was nerve-wracking. The induction marks the next step in his life, and he’s ready for it.

Another inductee, Matthew Cavanaugh, is enlisting as a satellite communication systems operator/maintainer.

“I believe the Army’s a great opportunity to develop as a human being, and in general, make me a better person,” said Cavanaugh. “My grandfather was in the Army during World War II, both my parents were in the Air Force, and my brother joined the Marines, but recently got out; so it’s been throughout my family, a military history.”

As the recruits finished reciting the oath, they returned to their families and friends one step closer to becoming a full-fledged soldier.

“We had a swearing in by a general, and it’s a big event for all the future soldiers in the area,” said Cavanaugh. “I’m excited to be here. I’ve never seen a general before, so it’s been a great experience and opportunity.”


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This work, Colorado Springs welcomes new recruits to Army, by SPC Nathan Thome, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:01.25.2013

Date Posted:02.22.2013 17:02

Location:FORT CARSON, CO, USGlobe

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